Vaccines for Children

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Contact the local clinics for more information on Vaccines for Children. VFC was designed to ensure that eligible children do not contract vaccine-preventable diseases because of inability to pay for vaccine.

This national program helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them, and helps many more children have a better chance of getting their vaccines according to the recommended immunization schedule, protecting babies, children and adolescents from 16 serious diseases including measles, mumps, whooping cough, chickenpox, flu and diphtheria.

In 1993, the Childhood Immunization Initiative was developed in response to the measles resurgence, which disproportionately affected racial/ethnic minority children. The initiative seeks to address the major gaps in vaccination coverage among young children in the United States, and one strategy was to eliminate the cost of vaccines as a barrier to vaccination. In 1994, this led to the creation of the Vaccines for Children program (VFC). VFC is the largest entitlement program managed by the CDC and is a policy and programmatic intervention. CDC purchases discounted vaccines and distributes them at no cost to private physicians' offices and public health clinics registered for VFC. Children 18 years or younger are entitled to receive VFC vaccines through their VFC-enrolled provider if they are Medicaid-eligible, American Indian/Alaska Native, uninsured, or underinsured and vaccinated at a Federally Qualified Health Center or a Rural Health Clinic. Among all children eligible for VFC in 2011, 52.1% were of a racial/ethnic group other than non-Hispanic White.

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